Since bananas as we know them today could disappear forever, you should try to enjoy them while they're still around. These oddly shaped fruits are responsible for some of our favorites treats, such as banana bread, banana splits, bananas foster and banana cream pie. And bananas don't limit themselves to just sweet recipes. We've seen them included in Caribbean curries and fried into fritters. Whether you want to find a quick idea for breakfast or add some banana slices to dinner, Food & Wine's guide has recipe ideas that will liven up your meals.

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Kaera Na Cutless (Spicy Green Banana Cutlets)

If you like hash browns, you will love these flavor-packed patties, made with more than just potatoes: It also has bananas, spices, onions, garlic, and a chile. The cumin and coriander seeds are toasted first to bring out their flavor before grinding in a mortar and pestle or a spice mill. If you aren't a fan of using a mortar and pestle, take a small coffee grinder and turn it into a dedicated spice mill. Simply wipe it down after every use.

How to Ripen Bananas in the Oven

Craving banana bread right now? If your bananas aren't quite ripe enough, your oven can finish the job.

Banana Pudding Recipes

From a roasted banana-and-macadamia pudding cake to a creamy banana brioche bread pudding—trust us when we say that you've never tasted banana pudding quite like these ones.

Healthy Banana Recipes

The natural sweetness of banana makes this fruit a great ingredient in healthy recipes. Here, flavorful yet healthy banana recipes, from a strawberry, banana and almond butter smoothie to roasted squash soup with maple-glazed bananas.

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Banana and Chocolate Cream Pie Parfaits

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To make her outstanding deconstructed banana cream pie, pastry chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka, of Honolulu’s MW Restaurant, layers eggless chocolate pudding with cinnamon-flavored graham cracker crumbs, ice cream, bananas and banana whipped cream.

Psychedelic Backyard

To re-create the flavor of the banana liqueur in the Psychedelic Jungle rum cocktail, John deBary shakes a chunk of banana into this mocktail version. He rims just half the glass with salt so you can choose when to take salty sips. Slideshow:  More Nonalcoholic Drink RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015